Beginner Photography: Nature

Schedule change this week! We’re having the live show tonight since Tony and Chelsea will be traveling on Thursday, so I’m also posting my blog today. Our theme this week is “nature.” While we don’t have a ton of it in the city, all the flowers in our neighborhood have started blooming, so that’s what I went with.

Honestly, nature shots don’t do a whole lot for me, so I don’t have much faith in my skills as a nature photographer. But at the very least I captured some light and color.

Nature certainly encompasses a lot, from landscapes to macro. T&C have a great video on shooting macro here:

I did end up shooting a bee this week, but I didn’t plan for it. I also wish I’d remembered this focus stacking video!

Then again, there are a lot of distractions in the city, and shooting flowers in front of people’s houses, you don’t really want to get much more than a flower or two in focus. So I was shooting with a low aperture. Here’s what I came up with:

f/4.5, 1/160th, ISO 200


f/4.6, 1/1600th, ISO 200


f/5.6, 1/160th, ISO 200


f/5.3, 1/640th, ISO 200


So that’s some nature! I dunno, none of these thrilled me. I adjusted the exposure on all of them, bumped the luminance a bit, and cropped of course. Do any of these do it for you? 

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10 Responses to Beginner Photography: Nature

  1. Alan April 10, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Siobhan, quick question. With the new dropbox format, when can we submit photos? It seems the link is up all week. Do photos submitted before the show get in or is it just shots after the 5 PM start time? A bit confused as with the new format so if you could help explain or clarify a bit that’d be great! For example, I can’t submit at 5 PM today since I’ll be working but the link is up, is it worth submitting my nature photo early or will that not be counted?

    Thanks so much, great photos!!


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      SiobhanKyle April 10, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      All photos submitted before the show starts get deleted. You can submit once the show goes live.

  2. Wendy Cooper April 10, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Nature isn’t boring! I use my camera to keep a nature diary and I always have more to write about and images than I have blog for! is the link to the blogs…

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      Siobhan Midgett April 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Yeah, it’s personal preference really. I am never able to capture landscapes or nature in a way that make them as compelling as they may be seeing them first-hand.

  3. Roderick April 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    Crap! I forgot the show is on tonight.
    I like the bee photo and the red tulips. I have an almost identical bunch of ’em in my garden.
    That must have been you banging about, upturning my bins and setting off the alarm last night. 😉

  4. Michelle April 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    I feel the same way you do about nature, Siobhan. I actually had a challenge I’m in use Landscapes as their prompt for last week, so I will randomly have something to submit this evening! But generally I’m all portraits all the time. If it’s not people, it’s city stuff. So last week was a challenge for me, but I did get some positive feedback, yay. I like your bee (he’s cute) and whatever those blossoms are! 🙂

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      SiobhanKyle April 11, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      And now the next show is landscapes again :-\ Well, I’m being challenged at least. Thanks!

  5. Marc April 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Not a huge nature photography fan, I do like the Blue in the last shot..not the bee.

    I think what people gravitate towards in photography is in reality their artistic sub-conscious.
    Texture for me is becoming a tangible photographic goal. When I first started shooting, I was obsessed with composition followed closely by color. As I mature I find more of my shots please me in Black & White than do those in color.
    Perhaps it’s a matter of getting comfortable with the artistic aspect of photography…Perhaps it’s a matter of getting old and caring less about what’s en-vogue…Keep up the good work Riot-Grrl !

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      SiobhanKyle April 11, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      Thank you! Yes, I feel the same way. I like abstract and “fine art” the most these days, I use a lot of black and white myself. I had fun with color last week though.

  6. Larry J April 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Siobhan – in regards to your shots, I like them and they are good first efforts. I take a lot of flower shots, and if you shoot early in the morning (right before/after first light) or right before sunset, and even in full shade you may like your results better.

    I avoid sunlight when shooting flowers/plants unless I’m backlighting the leaves of flowers (or silhouetting them). I know macro is not for everybody, and was just responding to your question about did your shots do anything for anyone. Thanks for your work…

    Larry J

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